Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Pets

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat, not even for a minute. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.

  • Be Aware: Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.

  • Make sure there is enough water and food for pets and limit their exercise.

  • Don't rely on a fan. Animals respond differently to heat than humans do, and fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

  • Any time your pet is outside, ensure they have water and a shady place to rest.

  • Cats and dogs can get sunburn. Cats with white ears are prone to develop sunburn on the tips and edges of the ears. Dogs that are hairless or dogs with light colored fur can develop sunburn. Dogs with pink noses are also susceptible to the effects of sun-burn.